Don't disregard discount furniture

What is the first thought that pops into your head when you hear discount furniture? If poor quality is the answer, then you are not alone. That old maxim, “You get what you pay for,” usually holds true when buying discount furniture. But if you shop smart, you can find great bargains for quality furniture that will last you for years to come.

Determine exactly what you are shopping for. Are you furnishing an entire apartment or house? Is it a specific piece of furniture you need? Or are you just tired of what you have and want to change your décor? If the latter is true, then you have the luxury of time on your side. Peruse sales circulars weekly for your local area and chances are, eventually a high-end furniture store will have a sale.

Discount furniture can be cheap knock-offs of name brand furniture and made with sub par materials. Examine the piece closely for things like wood discoloration, corners not matching up, plastic components or wood veneers.

Serious buyers who expect their furniture to last for years can still find a deal. Discount furniture is also found at warehouses. They have no fancy showroom floor, so they save overhead costs, thereby transferring those savings to you. These discount stores will have the same quality name brands at significantly lower prices. Search the yellow pages or sales ads for local warehouse furniture stores in your area.

Discontinued items, defective and/or damaged pieces can also considered as discount furniture. Sometimes, manufacturers will stop producing a certain style of furniture, leaving stores with leftover, discontinued inventory. The furniture is still good quality, but chances are you won’t find complement pieces in the future. Defective and damaged furniture can be anything from mismatched seams to scuff or scratch marks on wood. If none of these things bother you, you can get a great price on high quality furniture and most likely still get a manufacturer’s warranty.

Do some research. Ask your neighbors where they got their furniture. Call the Better Business Bureau to see if any of the local furniture stores have negative reports on their business practices. Being informed will dispel any doubts in your mind so you can enjoy your discount furniture for years to come.